Get feet in shape for National Foot Health Awareness Month

Healthy feet is key to staying fit

April National Foot Health AwarenessApril is National Foot Awareness Month, and in an effort to contribute to First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative for healthy kids, the New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) is encouraging parents to have their children's feet checked out.

Foot pain is a common problem among Americans, and a main reason that many say they don't get enough exercise.

“The importance of proper foot health and footwear is essential to fighting the epidemic of childhood obesity and healthy feet are a key part of staying fit.,” said Dr. Robin Ross, president of the NYSPMA.

The association reports that a main reason behind foot pain in kids is ill-fitting shoes. They encourage parents to have their kids' feet measured and to visit a podiatrist if serious conditions arise.

Proper-fitting shoes help avoid bunion development

Children's Hospital Boson reports that children - especially teen and pre-teen girls - who wear shoes that are too small or narrow are at risk for developing bunions. The condition has been known to get worse with age, so beginning treatment at onset is essential.

In addition to making sure kids are wearing shoes that fit properly, parents may want to consider using orthotics or bunion splints. The devices have been shown to prevent or correct conditions like bunions or hammer toe without the need for painful bunion surgery

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